We seek to answer Jesus’ call to “make disciples” by offering to our children and youth religious education classes to help them live their faith and apply Jesus’ teaching in their daily lives. Register your child for Religious Education by using the online registration form below.
Religious Education – Classes for grades 1st through 11th are offered on Sunday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 AM in the Parish Center from September to May. To offer this ministry we need catechists, aides, and help with special projects in the Religious Education Program. We invite you to become a part of our teaching team because we believe that our hard work and efforts will have a lifetime effect. If you are interested in working with youth, please contact the Religious Education Office.
Anyone planning to help must complete the youth protection training offered by the Diocese and secure criminal and child abuse clearances (the parish office will assist you with these).
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD – a hands on approach to experiencing the mystery of God’s love
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a unique process for children 3-12 years of age, founded in Sacred Scripture and the Liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church. It based on the teaching principles of Maria Montessori’s work with children and was developed in the 1950s in Rome. The founders of this approach, Sophia Cavalletti – a scripture scholar, and Gianna Gobbi – a Montessori teacher, discovered that God and the child have a unique relationship particularly before the age of six, and their observations show that the most profound mysteries should be shared with the youngest children.
The CGS “program or way” occurs in an atrium. It is a place for prayer, religious life, community, and worship. It is not a classroom for instruction. This atrium space is where meaningful work takes place – where, with the aid of hand-made materials, the child ponders the mysteries of God proclaimed by the catechist.
The CGS year begins in mid-September and runs through the end of April with atrium sessions on most Mondays from 5-6 PM. Registration is now open for children aged 3 – 5. To register your child, volunteer to assist, or to learn more, please contact Tammy Nesbitt in the Office of Religious Education, firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-748-7303. Online registration of children is available through the link below.
Adult Religious Education – Holy Spirit Parish offers multiple Adult Religious Education classes throughout the year. The next opportunity will be published here and in the bulletin.